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Tuesday is back to school for most students across Ontario. The Owen Sound Police Service is reminding motorists that the streets and sidewalks will once again be busy with students travelling to and from school. Students may not always be focusing on traffic safety and motorists are encouraged to slow down and be extra cautious.<

Drivers are also reminded that school buses and crossing guards will be back on our roadways. Remain alert and be prepared to make unanticipated stops. Failing to stop for a crossing guard displaying a portable stop sign carries a fine of $180.00 and three

demerit points. (The fine doubles if in a designated "Community Safety Zone"). Not stopping for a school bus with red lights activated carries a fine of $490.00 and six demerit points.

In the coming weeks, the Owen Sound Police Service will be focusing their traffic safety efforts on enforcement and education in school zones. This will include speeding, aggressive driving as well as illegal parking in the area of schools. Parking in prohibited

areas around schools can create safety hazards by impeding bus drop-off areas and

limiting driver and pedestrian visibility at school crossings.

source:media release. OS Police Services

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